Acer's 18.4" Aspire AS8943G Notebook Loves Multi-Media

Is this week laptop week, or what? New notebooks usually roll out rather quickly, but we've seen Toshiba introduce an entire new family, MSI issue a new netbook, and now Acer coming out with a few new machines of their own. All within the past 72 hours, no less. The Acer Aspire AS8943G is the real show-stopper here, with some fairly slick new features and a wild, functional design intended to turn any room into the "ultimate personal theatre."

Using an all-new design for the company, this Aspire is probably the best looking that we have ever seen. It's also one of the largest. Boasting an 18.4" CineCrystal display with edge-to-edge glass, this multi-media monster supports full 1080p playback, and users can expect surround sound out of the Acer CineSurround sound system with five built-in speakers and a dedicated subwoofer. Of course, a Blu-ray drive is thrown in to fully take advantage of that massive screen. Oh, and the trackpad has multi-media controls built right in, which is definitely something you rarely ever see.

An HDMI port allows users to watch movies on an even larger screen, and the Core i7 quad-core CPU should keep things moving along at a nice clip. There's 4GB/8GB of RAM (though it can support 16GB), and it's utilizing the world's fastest GPU (or so says Acer) in the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 (1GB). DirectX 11 support is obviously included, as is a 500GB hard drive, an eSATA port, FireWire jack, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, a 1.3MP camera and a case that's a good bit thicker than your netbook. But at prices as low as $1549, this isn't a bad option if you're in the market for a true desktop replacement.

 New Acer Aspire AS8943G Notebook Computer Turns Any Room into the Ultimate Personal Theatre

Sleek new industrial design personifies elegance and performance; Unique dual mode touchpad/media console puts movies and music at your fingertips

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Acer America, part of the world’s second largest manufacturer of notebook PCs (1), today announced the immediate availability of new models in its top-of-the line multimedia notebook series, the Acer Aspire AS8943G. With a completely new modern and bold industrial design, the AS8943G notebook PCs are defined not only by their advanced capabilities, but by a dramatic, simplistic industrial design befitting a notebook so powerful.

    “The Acer Aspire AS8943G Series of notebooks are first-class multimedia centers that deliver an unparalleled high-definition personal theatre experience”

Packed with leading technologies and world-class entertainment and usability features, the new models are sure to please the most demanding power user. Whether they are used for creating multimedia content, watching movies or dominating the latest PC games, the Aspire AS8943G notebooks deliver high-end styling and world-class performance for a wide range of productivity and entertainment applications.

On the exterior, the new Aspire notebooks sport an aluminium cover that not only looks sharp, but also protects the seamless, frameless display. Upon opening the lid, consumers will be wowed by sharp design lines that scream precision and performance. A host of well balanced contrasts, including glossy and matte finishes and silver and black accents, surround the new chiclet style keyboard (keys with straight edges vs. slanted sides) which extends to a dedicated numeric keypad.

“The Acer Aspire AS8943G Series of notebooks are first-class multimedia centers that deliver an unparalleled high-definition personal theatre experience,” said Ray Sawall, Acer product marketing. “Designed for the most discriminating and style-conscious consumer, these new notebooks combine an elegant, simplistic design with top-of-the line technologies and usability features, taking PC-based entertainment to a whole new level.”

Stunning High Definition Visuals

These multimedia powerhouses deliver the ultimate high-definition personal-theatre experience. Featuring a brilliant CineCrystal™ 18.4-inch edge-to-edge glass LED back-lit display with full high-definition (1080p) resolution, consumers have a front row seat to all their entertainment and computing needs. Delivering stunningly rich lifelike audio and visuals, the Dolby® optimized Acer CineSurround sound system with five built-in speakers and a dedicated subwoofer deliver clear tones and deep bass beats, while a Blu-ray drive delivers razor sharp visuals on the display’s 16:9 aspect ratio.

For those connecting to PC speakers, headphones or a home audio system, Dolby® Home Theatre® Audio immerses you in the action, making TV shows, movies, sports, music, and video games sound amazing. An HDMI port allows for quick and easy hook up to an even bigger high-definition TV for movie nights.

Only the Best for Power Users and Gamers

Designed for hardcore power users, the Aspire AS8943G Series notebooks are powered by the Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, delivering advanced performance and incredible system response. Already loaded with 4GB or 8GB of memory, the notebooks can support up to 16GB for extraordinary speed.

Boasting the world’s fastest and most powerful mobile GPU ever designed(2), gamers looking to lose themselves in an ultimate fantasy world will thrill to the intense video computing power delivered by the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD5850 Graphics with 1GB of dedicated video memory. Full DirectX® 11 support enables incredible gaming and stunning 3D visual effects. Photographers, videographers and graphic designers will see their creative ideas spring to life with increased visual detail and stunning realism.

Digital packrats with massive amounts of photos, videos, music, documents and emails will find the 500GB(3) SATA hard drive provides plenty of room for their digital data. With dual hard drive support, consumers can add another drive for backups or to increase their overall storage capacity. And to make data transfer painless, both models include an eSATA port to speed up large file transfers, while a FireWire port moves videos quickly from the latest digital camcorders.

User Friendly Features for Today’s Digital Lifestyle

In addition, a new dual-mode touchpad with integrated, capacitive touch media controller icons allows you to switch between multi-gesture mode to media console mode. At the flick of a finger, consumers can go straight to their favorite movies or music. Integrated into the touchpad, the backlit media console icons glow underneath the pad, providing a clean simplistic design. In addition, a convenient scrolling volume wheel directly under the touchpad makes it easy to control volume levels.

Connecting to the Internet on the road or at home is fast and easy. The Aspire AS8943G Series includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ wireless for the road and ultra-quick Gigabit Ethernet for those who want an even faster connection at home. In addition, Bluetooth® makes it easy to connect cordlessly to smartphones and printers.

For those who like to stay in touch face-to-face, a 1.3 megapixel HD webcam and digital microphone provides clear high-quality online chat sessions. It also takes still pictures and videos that can easily be shared with friends.

Providing top-notch security for consumers’ digital data, the notebooks also include a bio-protection fingerprint reader, preventing unauthorized access to or use of the PC.

Configurations, Pricing and Availability

With prices starting at $1,549.99, the Acer Aspire AS8943G-6190 and the Acer Aspire AS8943G-6782 are available now at leading retailers.

All models come with a standard one-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years with the Acer Advantage service. Additionally, some models have longer warranties offered through specific channel partners. All Acer notebook PCs are backed by toll-free service and support.